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“We want to have a consistent message and strategy across the west.” – Stephanie Criswell, Montana Invasive Species Council.

Pig fighters without borders

An international working group hopes to make the fight against wild pigs a consistent one

The fight against wild pigs will have a newly united front in Western Canada and the western United States, should recommendations published late last year by an international working group get their way. Manitoba is among the provinces and states to throw its weight behind the body, which launched last year in an effort to

Some areas of Western Canada might already be past the point where “pig free” is even possible, says a University of Saskatchewan researcher.

Losing the war with wild boar

Forget eradication. For some parts of Manitoba it’s now a containment game

It’s time to up our efforts in the battle against wild pigs, according to a leading voice in the field. Ryan Brook of the University of Saskatchewan has spent years studying the rise of the invasive species in Western Canada, and has also spent years raising the alarm. He has watched as sounders — the


Germany finds 30 more African swine fever cases in wild boars

Another 30 cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been found in wild boars in eastern Germany, authorities said on Jan. 20, in a continuing outbreak among wild animals which has halted German pork exports to Asia. The new cases were in the eastern state of Brandenburg and bring the number of confirmed instances of

Germany finds more African swine fever in wild boar, cases reach 480

The number of African swine fever (ASF) cases found in wild boar in Germany has now reached 480, Germany’s Agriculture Ministry said on January 8, continuing an outbreak of the disease among wild animals which halted German pork exports to Asia. The cases have occurred since the first outbreak in September 2020 and were in

File photo of domestic hogs on a German farm.

Germany finds two more African swine fever cases in wild boar

Two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said Oct. 1. The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 40 since the first one discovered in September. All were in wild animals with no farm


File photo of domestic hogs on a German farm.

Germany reports first suspected case of African swine fever

German producers currently exporting pork to China

Berlin | Reuters — Germany’s ministry of food and agriculture said on Wednesday it had a suspected case of African swine fever (ASF) in a wild boar in the eastern state of Brandenburg. The suspected case concerned a wild boar carcass found near the German-Polish border. A sample of the carcass was being taken for

Getting the jump on wild boar in Manitoba

Getting the jump on wild boar in Manitoba

Cost data out of the U.S. suggests we don’t want to be behind the 8-ball on wild pigs

Brooke Rossnagel of MacGregor has some inkling of the damage wild pigs can cause; he clearly remembers the aftermath after only a few found their way into his pasture a few years ago. “It looked like somebody took a plow to one of the hillsides,” he said, marvelling at the amount of damage given the

A wild boar wallows in the mud.

PHOTOS: Wild pigs on the loose

How many wild pigs are roaming agro-Manitoba? Nobody knows the answer to that question, and that’s going to be a problem for the province. Ryan Brook, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan who was educated at the University of Manitoba has the best handle, and even he admits his numbers are far from certain.


Editorial: Wild things roaming

A few years back, an acquaintance returned to school at mid-career and studied natural resource management. He was lucky enough to land a job with the province that first summer, checking boats at a stop on the Trans-Canada Highway at the Manitoba-Ontario border, to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. I mentioned that this sounded

Swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin cut the ribbon on its $15-million Delta Canada facility in Woodlands, Man., June 27.

Manitoba cuts the ribbon on blueblood boar genetics

Pork genetics company Topigs Norsvin has officially opened its doors in Manitoba

Manitoba’s hog sector is adding to its pedigree. Global swine genetics company Topigs Norsvin has officially opened the doors to Delta Canada, a boar genetics and research facility located northwest of Winnipeg near Woodlands. The company, which markets itself as the second-largest swine genetic company globally, opened the $15-million facility June 27 and aims to